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November 17th, 2014
As employees of Addison County Vermont Adult Learning (VAL), we wish to offer clarification about comments that were made regarding our role in the community in two recent articles covering our possible move to a new, more central location (Addison Independent “HOPE seeking to fill vacancies” Oct. 23 and “HOPE seeks hold on its mortgage” Nov. 3).
BRISTOL — Bristol police said Thursday that they are looking for a 17-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School student who did not return home after class Tuesday.
Police said Shawn Lussier was last seen at the recreation field around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. He is 5' 10", around 180 lbs. and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and camoflauge baseball hat.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday got a look at the first draft of a fiscal year 2016 municipal budget that projects a $430,259 increase over this year, which would translate into a 5.6-cent boost in the town’s tax rate.
Board members stressed that the $10,031,448 spending plan under review is just a departure point, and that the final number will likely shrink before being finalized for the voters to decide at the annual town meeting next March.
But officials acknowledged making significant cuts won’t be easy.
BRANDON — Brandon showed it cared this past Thursday night when roughly 60 people participated in a meeting at the Town Hall to talk about the local heroin and opiate addiction problem.
BRANDON — A former banking professional has been has been appointed to the Brandon selectboard.
The board approved the appointment of Doug Bailey at a regular meeting Monday night, filling the seat vacated by Blaine Cliver, who retired from the board last month.
Bailey was one of four applicants for the position. The others were Dennis Reisenweaver, Jeff Stewart and Seth Hopkins.
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Library Trustee John Freidin on Monday updated the Middlebury selectboard on the library’s ongoing effort to look at its program needs and determine the best way to house them within the Ilsley building on Main Street.
Trustees have formed a committee to tackle to the issue. That panel, headed by Freidin, has circulated a public survey and visited five other libraries that have recently undertaken renovation/expansion projects.
VERGENNES/MONKTON/STARKSBORO — The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class charity walk-a-thon became more of a hike-a-thon as members of the school’s highest grade traveled by foot from the Willowell Foundation property in Monkton over Hogback Mountain to Starksboro’s Common Ground Center on Oct. 9. The annual fundraiser brought in more than $4,000 to help Camp Kaleidoscope, which serves for families with children on the autism spectrum.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly a century ago, the visionary Vermont environmentalist Joseph Battell bequeathed to Middlebury College the large tract of land that is home to the Bread Loaf campus. Bordering the Green Mountain National Forest and encompassing numerous areas of ecological and natural interest, the Bread Loaf campus and surrounding forests have long provided the Middlebury community with spaces for outdoor recreation and environmental education.